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February 1, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Report: STEM interest is not always sustained in high school
    Many high-school freshmen who express an interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math lose their enthusiasm by senior year, according to a recent report. A key to boosting interest in STEM fields is demonstrating the connection between those subjects in school and the variety of related jobs and careers that await students after high school or college, STEM leaders said during a recent town hall meeting. U.S. News & World Report (1/31) Email this Story
  • Minn. teens gather for state STEM summit
    For the fifth consecutive year, St. Cloud State University welcomed high-school students from across central Minnesota for its STEM Summit with more than 50 science, technology, engineering and math exhibits. "This is a very hands-on experience, and that's what engages the students," said Doug Paulson, STEM specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. "Years ago, there were only 37 STEM schools in the state, and now we're at 120ish. The programs are really growing." St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/31) Email this Story
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  • Local companies help Maine students with energy-efficiency project
    Middle-school students at Brunswick Junior High School in Maine are learning how to make a home more energy-efficient through a hands-on community project created by teacher Felicity Beede. Students are working with local energy professionals as part of a project. "There's math, there's economics, there's politics, there's community service, there's physical labor, there's photography and video and interviews," Beede said. "It just seemed like we were doing something good in the community and learning a ton at the same time." The Forecaster (Falmouth, Maine) (1/31) Email this Story
  • Science finds a place in Calif. artist's work
    In a new display at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Design Gallery, teacher and artist Lia Cook combines self-portraits or other photos of herself with colorful threads representing the neural pathways revealed in her own brain scans. The exhibit and others around the campus are helping to fill the university's goal of bringing subjects together such as science and art. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (1/31) Email this Story
  • Health care growth means employment for some
    Students pursuing certification as occupational-therapy assistants or physical-therapy assistants have a bright career outlook, as the health care industry continues to grow rapidly. "These assistants are in high demand and it is not usual for them to be hired before they are licensed," said Linda Allen, president of Hawkeye Community College in Iowa. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (1/31) Email this Story
  • Company seeks to help students with college tuition
    In the spirit of Kickstarter, which uses social media to attract investors to a wide range of projects, a new company -- Upstart -- is taking a similar approach to investing in students. Now instead of taking on student loans, college students can get tuition help through Upstart in exchange for a small percentage of a student's future income. EdTech magazine (1/2013)
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